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Schrade SCHF45 Leroy 16.5in High Carbon S.S. Full Tang Fixed Blade Knife with 10.4in Bowie Blade and TPE Handle for Outdoor Survival Camping and EDC
  • DIMENSIONS: 16.5 inch (41.9 cm) overall length with a blade length of 10.4 inches (26.3 cm) and a weight of 1 lb 7.6 ounces
  • DURABLE: Blade is made of reliable 8Cr13MoV Titanium Coated High Carbon Stainless Steel with black thermoplastic elastomer handle slabs
  • DEPENDABLE: Quick and easy access with the convenient black thermoplastic belt sheath making it ideal for everyday carry
  • SECURE: Have confidence that the blade will not slip with the security of the finger guard, choil and grooves
  • BE PREPARED: Knife features a full tang design and lanyard hole
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Schrade SCHF38 Frontier 11.2in High Carbon Steel Full Tang Fixed Blade Knife with 5.8in Drop Point and TPE Handle for Outdoor Survival, Camping and Bushcraft , Black
  • DIMENSIONS: 11.2 inch (28.3 cm) overall length with a blade length of 5.8 inches (14.7 cm) and a weight of 13.4 ounces
  • DURABLE: Blade is made of reliable 1095 Powder Coated High Carbon Steel with a black, ring textured thermoplastic elastomer handle
  • DEPENDABLE: Quick and easy access with the convenient polyester belt sheath making it ideal for EDC
  • SECURE: Have confidence that the blade will not slip with the security of the finger choil and jimping
  • BE PREPARED: Knife features a ferro rod, sharpening stone and a lanyard hole
Condor Tool & Knife, Solobolo Knife, 8in Blade, Micarta Handle with Sheath
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  • Built for performance and durability
  • Made in El Salvador
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Ontario Knife Company 8684 SP10 Spec Plus Marine Raider, Fixed 9.75" Blade, Kraton Handle
  • Included components: Knife with sheath
  • Sport type: Hunting
  • Care instructions: Wipe Clean
  • Edge type: plain

What is Batoning Wood?

Batoning wood is the act of chopping or splitting wood.

You basically grab the piece of log or wood you want to chop and smacking your knife with a mallet, log, etc on top of the wood you want to split.

If you don’t have an axe, it’s an easy and efficient way to prepare firewood without wasting to much time.

Why Get a Camping Knife for Chopping Wood

An axe is heavier, takes more space, and even using it requires some level of skill and strength. A batoning knife however can be easier to use and for some people, a faster method of chopping wood.

With a camping knife, you are getting a greater value, as you not only can use the knife to chop or split wood, but to cut rope, meat, for cooking purposes etc. It’s a much better choice when you are going camping.

Full Tang & Fixed Blade is Better Than Folding

While a folding knife is cheaper and may have better functionality for multi-purpose and portability reasons, the blade is too small and has a high risk of snapping along the neck which can result in serious injury.

Seriously… go for a full tang fixed blade if you want to baton wood. A folding knife is most likely going to break or chip. Bolts, screws, and other pieces can go flying off especially if it’s a lesser quality folding knife. Even high quality folding knives will take a beating and you are severely reducing the durability, functionality and the lifespan of your edc camping knife.

How Big Should The Blade Be?

The blade (not including the handle) should be at least 7 inches. Small logs or firewood is generally ~5 inches in diameter, so your blade needs to be long enough to extend a few inches more than the diameter of the wood.

The longer the blade, the easier it will be to split the wood or log as longer knives have the benefit of using leverage and can act as a lever for splitting.

Make sure to pay attention to the thickness of the knife as well. You don’t want it to be too thick because you will need to exert more force for your knife to dig into the wood, but you don’t want it to be too thin, as you can chip or break your batoning knife.

1/8 inch thickness is decent. The material should be steel that doesn’t bend easily.

Choosing The Right Handle

You want the handle to not only feel comfortable, but it has to have a good grip for you to hold on to. Rubber with rugged texture is a good choice. It can also be metal with rugged texture. Anything that is sturdy to hold onto really.

Wood, Ivory, or smooth surfaced handles are not advised as they are more likely to slip especially when wet, which can lead to accidents or injuries.